Student Dress Rehearsals

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF LIVE OPERA.

Each year, Lyric Opera of Kansas City invites students to attend a final dress rehearsal at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where they are enthralled by the music and drama of the opera.

Prior to the dress rehearsal, teachers receive access to curricular resources to ensure students acquire tools to unlock opera’s potential. To further the experience, teachers may schedule an in-school or virtual Lyric Opera Prelude prior to the dress rehearsal.

All shows are recommended for grades 5 and above. For more information regarding content, reach out to
 education@kcopera.org.

All operas are accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony.

2023–2024 Student Dress Rehearsals

Cavalleria rusticana | Pagliacci
Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 6:00 pm
Sung in Italian with English titles

The Sound of Music
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 6:00 pm
Sung in English with English titles
*As of September 6, 2023, we are at capacity for The Sound of Music Student Dress Rehearsal. Interested parties may register to be placed on a waiting list. Kansas City Kansas USD 500 high schools may register as previously arranged. See special requirements in the drop down menu below.

Roméo et Juliette
Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 6:00 pm
Sung in French with English titles

Journey to Valhalla
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 | 6:00 pm
Sung in German with English titles

StudeNt Dress Rehearsal FAQ

$6 per individual (dress rehearsal seating and access to curricular resources) with optional Lyric Opera Prelude for $200

Minimum Group Size– 10 attendees*

*Effective August 31, 2023: An increased minimum group size of 25 individuals is required for The Sound of Music Student Dress Rehearsal, with no more than two (2) adult chaperones per group of 25 students. The ratio of students to adult chaperones will be reviewed upon admission. This policy applies to groups registering after August 31, 2023.

Please review the suggested registration timeline below according to dress rehearsal date.

  • 30 days prior- registration and preliminary number of attendees due
  • 17 days prior- final number of attendees due
  • 14 days prior- invoices issued
  • 7 days prior- payment and list of attendee names due

Payment may be made by check or card.

A Lyric Opera Prelude designed especially for your class in alignment with curricular goals can be scheduled prior to the dress rehearsal. Deliverable in-person at your school or virtually, these sessions are facilitated by Lyric Opera education staff and and artists. Lyric Opera Preludes are crafted to orient students to the world of opera and invite consideration of how opera can open their world.

All dress rehearsals will be the held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Groups should arrive 30 minutes early to ensure adequate time for seating.

Transportation to and from the Kauffman Center is the responsibility of the visiting group. Funding to help schools defray the cost of transportation may be available through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Transportation Fund. Buses may be accommodated at the Kauffman Center.

Parking is available in the Arts District Garage or on nearby streets. Garage costs may be found on the Kauffman Center's website here.

Groups with individuals requiring accommodations are encouraged to reach out to education@kcopera.org.

Emily Bridges, Manager of Learning
(816) 802-6053
ebridges@kcopera.org

Neal Long, Director of Learning
(816) 802-6054
nlong@kcopera.org

Student and Educator Rush Tickets

Can’t make it to the dress rehearsal? There’s another option! Discounted student and educator rush tickets are available. More information here.